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Rule of Law
The Jurisprudence of Liberty in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
John Phillip Reid
"Those acquiring this volume will catch a tantalizing glimpse of the power of Reid's exposition of the English common law ... recommended to anyone who really cares about the law."—Stephen B. Presser, Law and History Review
"Reid has returned to the field in which he made his reputation and delivered a real gem of a work.... Rule of Law illuminates key developments of the foundational legal idea."—Martin S. Flaherty, Fordham University Law School
"This is the sort of work we have come to expect and admire from John Phillip Reid. It is a richly sourced comparative study of a fundamental concept—rule of law—that has dozens of applications in today's world."
"Rule of law"—the idea that the law is the nation's sovereign authority—has served as a cornerstone for constitutional theory and the jurisprudence of liberty. When law reigns over governors and the governed alike, a citizen need not fear capricious monarchs, arbitrary judges, or calculating bureaucrats. When a citizen obeys the law, life, liberty, and property are safe; when a citizen disobeys, the law alone will determine the appropriate punishment.
(2004) 160 pp.
John Phillip Reid is Professor Emeritus at New York University School of Law. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School, a former law clerk for the U.S. District Court for New Hampshire, and the author of many books, including most recently Controlling the Law.
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